Ocean of Life - by Prof Callum Roberts, 6for6.30, Tue 2 July Appleton Tower
Tuesday, 2 July 2013 from 18:00 to 20:30 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Ocean of Life - Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation, University of York, 6 for 6.30, Tues 2 July, Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh, Crichton St, Edinburgh EH8 9LE
Callum Roberts takes us on a voyage beneath the waves to reveal the seas as few know them. He shows how human activities have for centuries been unpicking the fabric of marine life. He suggests that we are transforming life in the sea, and with it undermining our own existence.
The images he will share in this special lecture are not a catalogue of unavoidable disaters ahead. They illustrate an ambitious plan to reverse long-term trends of depletion and degradation, recapitalise the value of the oceans to people and wildlife, and improve the quality of everyone's lives, especially of generations still to come.
"We don't have to look on helplessly as all that we love about the sea is sullied. Change for good is within our reach".
Leo Hickman wrote in the Guardian last year "Callum Roberts' Ocean of Life is a manifesto for marine management. The book calls for a new deal for the world's oceans – and explains why we need to save the seas to survive on land".
One part of the solution - so timely for Scotland - says Roberts, is the establishment of a network of marine protected areas (MPAs). This summer the Scottish Government will propose via a public consultation a network of MPAs for Scottish waters. Roberts will highlight a working example from the north east Atlantic to prove it can be achieved. This was protected in a bold move for the protection of the high seas by the OSPAR Commission in 2010 - the International Year of Biodiversity. "It is now being policed for illegal fishing" he says.
Roberts seeks a new deal for the world's oceans. For example, he is calling for an outright ban on fishing beneath 800 metres and a phasing out of bottom trawl and dredge fishing. But the focus is not entirely placed on the fishing industry. One problem he forecasts will become much more prominent over the next decade is deep sea mining. As mining technology improves, and resources become ever more sought after, companies will push deeper into the oceans in search of minerals, metals and fossil fuels.
The event is being co-promoted by the Scottish Environment LINK Marine Taskforce - a coalition of 8 environmental organisations* - who are campaigning for a network of Marine Protected Areas to connect, protect and recover Scotland's seas. See www.savescottishseas.org for more.
* Marine Conservation Society, WWF Scotland, Scottish Ornithologist Club, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, RSPB Scotland, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust and The National Trust for Scotland.
The Ocean of Life is available from Word Power Books, 43 W Nicolson St Edinburgh EH8 9DB 0131 662 9112 www.word-power.co.uk and on the night.
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UoE Sustainability Office with RSGS & Environment Link Marine Taskforce
The University's Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department joined hands with the Royal Scottish Geograhical Society and Scottish Environment Link Marine Taskforce to bring Callum to Edinburgh.